Spring Has Arrived!

Ocean and Oliver

Warm temperatures, flowers galore and sunny blue skies mark the arrival of spring after a long and cold winter. I spent as much time as I could outside the past two days. It is hard to be in a bad mood with such perfect days as this weekend.

I took Ocean and Oliver to get some photos done for our Uzbek visas. Our neighborhood of Onohara Nishi is so pleasant. With the sun setting and us laughing and talking, I just didn’t want the moment to end. It is such a privilege to be a father and I love my children so much. They are so funny and entertaining for me.

The path to school

Japan has thousands of narrow walking paths between houses. The path above leads from our house to Onohara Park #4 and our school. The neighbors maintain the path, picking up leaves, planting flowers, etc. It makes for a delightful commute to and from school. I am trying to savor the best of Japan as we only have 2 and 1/2 months left here before we leave forever.

Bike Ride in the Minoh Hills

My current obsession is cycling. I can’t get enough of it! I would bike for hours every day if I could. I went for a 25 kilometer ride on Saturday morning. The fresh air, blue skies and fresh, new green leaves made for an exhilarating ride through the Minoh Quasi National Park. My distances are getting longer and my times are getting shorter. Love, love, love biking and Japan is a perfect country for it. There is always a risk when cycling, but the drivers here are courteous and cautious, the roads are in mint condition and there are many bike lanes. I don’t think I will find better cycling conditions anywhere.

Ocean in front of the Onohara Family Mart

Of course, we had to make a stop at a conbini a staple of Japan. It seems like 1 of every 5 times I leave the house, I end up at some time in a convenience store. Today we needed passport photos and cold drinks.

Other activities this weekend were a 5 kilometer run with Nadia, the grade 4-5 dance and a passover celebration with friends. I will be blogging more about them soon.

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